Institute of Biotechnology Open house & 35th anniversary
Thursday, October 18th, 2018
Start Time: 
10:00 AM
End Time: 
5:00 PM
A Tour of the BRC Genomics Facility
Location / Facility: 
Biotechnology Building

Institute of Biotechnology Open house & 35th anniversary

A day to celebrate research in the life sciences at Cornell and the Institute of Biotechnology
Thursday, October 18th, 2018
Pre-registrations are now open for the Institute of Biotechnology open house. 
To mark our 35th anniversary, we created a new program, featuring lightning talks by Cornell scientists, interactive break-out sessions, a networking reception, and a keynote address by Dr. John Quackenbush, professor of computational biology and bioinformatics at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, professor of cancer biology and director of the Center for Cancer Computational Biology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The event will take place in and around the Biotechnology Building on the Cornell University campus. 

The event is free and open to all. Pre-registered attendees are eligible for a special door prize.

To pre-register, click on

Program (PDF HERE):

10AM – 11AM Posters and Tabletop Exhibits  Meet and chat with the Institute of Biotechnology staff and scientists. Coffee and cookies will be served. 
11AM – 12PM Lightning talks  A snapshot of the breadth of research in life sciences at Cornell and the Institute. Presented by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. 
12PM – 1PM Lunch and mingle  Eat while browsing the posters and discussing your work with the facility staff. 
1PM – 3PM Breakout sessions and tours  Discover the services we offer through a choice of interactive events and 45-minute tours led by the facility directors. For events that specify a number of participants, please sign up at the registration desk before 12:30pm. 
          1:10PM – 1:55PM Join one of the core facility tours (bioinformatics, Metabolomics, Genomics, Imaging), or attend the CAT mini-workshop to learn how to get funding for research projects with a potential for commercialization. 
          2:00PM-2:45PM Join one of the core facility tours (Bioinformatics, Proteomics, Genomics, Imaging), visit Cornell’s life science business incubator (the McGovern Center), or compete anonymously with your colleagues for fabulous prizes in an interactive quiz 
3PM Keynote address - Sponsored by the Ray Wu lecture fund  - Networking reception to follow 
Speaker: John Quackenbush, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  
Using Networks to Link Genotype to Phenotype: A Bioinformatics Approach 

 One of the central tenants of biology is that our genetics—our genotype—influences the physical characteristics we manifest—our phenotype. But with more than 25,000 human genes and more than 6,000,000 common genetic variants mapped in our genome, finding associations between our genotype and phenotype is an ongoing challenge. Indeed, genome-wide association studies have found thousands of small effect size genetic variants that are associated with phenotypic traits and disease. The simplest explanation is that these genetic variants work synergistically to help define phenotype and to regulate processes that are responsible for phenotypic state transitions. We will use gene expression and genetic data to explore gene regulatory networks, to study phenotypic state transitions, and to analyze the connections between genotype, gene expression, and phenotyope. We have found that the networks, and their structure, provide unique insight into how genetic elements interact with each other and the structure of the network has predictive power for identifying SNPs likely to be associated with phenotype through genome wide association studies. I will show multiple examples, drawing on my work in cancer, in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and in the analysis of data from thirty-eight tissues provided by the Genotype-Tissue Expression (GTEx) project.

For more information, to request an accomodation, or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact James VanEe at
Bioinformatics Facility
Biotechnology Development Facility
Biotechnology Resource Center (BRC)
Genomics Facility
Imaging Facility
Institute of Biotechnology
Metabolomics Facility
Proteomics Facility